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Alumni Boards

Two distinct boards represent the College of Education.

Advisory Council #

The Advisory Council focuses on fundraising and campaign advancement, working closely with the senior director of development and external affairs and the dean of the College of Education to achieve goals and initiatives.

Marcia Aaron ’86, Manhattan Beach, CA

Marcia Aaron has been the Executive Director of KIPP LA (Knowledge Is Power Program) since 2007. KIPP is a network of schools that is transforming the lives of students in underserved communities, and redefining the notion of what is possible in public education. KIPP LA Schools operates nine free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools. Prior to this, Marcia was the founding Board Chair of KIPP LA and the Board Chair of KIPP Academy of Opportunity in LA. Previously, she worked as a Senior Analyst at Pacific Growth Equities and as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Montgomery Securities. Marcia is proud of the results of the KIPP LA schools under her tutelage and is a firm believer that the “business and accountability” model KIPP posits is the right solution for the most challenged of school districts in Los Angeles. KIPP LA operates three of the six highest performing schools in Los Angeles Unified School District. KIPP LA Schools is also a leader in the use of instructional technology. Marcia completed her two terms on the UOF Board of Trustees in 2009 where she was the chair of the development committee and a member of the investment committee. She also served as a member of the School of Journalism Advancement Council for eleven years and was a member of the Ford Alumni Center campaign committee. She was a member of the UO Portland Council from 2008 to 2010. She was awarded the UOAA Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2003.

Colleen M. Donnelly '72, Eugene, OR

Colleen M. Donnelly received her undergraduate elementary education degree from the University of Oregon in 1972. She received her Master of Science degree in the Education of the Hearing Impaired from Western Oregon State College in 1974. Donnelly taught in both special education and regular education classrooms in Eugene School District 4J until she retired in 2004. She served in a variety of roles on public and non-profit boards throughout her career. Both she and her husband Bob are avid Duck fans and follow their Oregon teams far and wide. Their two married daughters and five grandchildren live in the Portland area. When not doting on them, Donnelly enjoys a myriad of outdoor sports and travel opportunities. She continues to support the UO College of Education on every level and with passion.

Derek Jernstedt—Chair '98, Danville, CA

Derek is the current chair of the College of Education Advisory Council. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with his bachelor’s degree in 1995. He then graduated from the University of Oregon with a master’s degree in business from the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center in 1998. Derek is the Executive Director and board member of both the Quest Foundation and HEDCO Foundation, private foundations that support educational, social, and health-related non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the foundations he lived in Chicago and Atlanta working on the U.S. Army, AT&T, and Coca-Cola accounts for Relay Worldwide from 2001 through 2008. Derek is married to Jennifer Jernstedt, who is also a board member of the Quest Foundation. They have two children, Jake and Avery.

Amy Rittenberg Kari ’82, Sisters, OR

Amy Kari earned an art history degree from the University of Oregon in 1982. Prior to her retirement, Amy’s career was focused in education. She performed grant-funded educational research, spoke nationally and internationally on math curriculums and has published professionally on strategies for improving math skills in at-risk student populations. Beyond her work on the College of Education Advisory Council, Amy is also the current chair of the Clark Honors College Advisory Council development committee as well as a member of the UO Foundation Board of Trustees.

Susan Kingzett ’63, West Linn, OR

Susan Martindale Kingzett earned her Masters of Education degree from Lewis and Clark College and her administrative certificate from Portland State College. She taught elementary school for 30 years in Eugene, OR, Covina, CA, Albany, OR, and Milwaukie, OR, completing her service in North Clackamas School District 12 after teaching fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, and finally second grade. Susan has given back to her undergraduate school, the University of Oregon, in many ways. She helped organize the Portland alumni group by organizing numerous activities to acquire members, serving as treasurer, president, and then serving on the National Alumni Board. Kingzett is a multi-year member of the College of Education Advisory Council. She also supports U of O sports. Kingzett's hobby is painting with watercolors, and she is an award-winning member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Susan lives with her husband Ed in West Linn, OR.

Kaye LeFrancq ’71, Eugene, OR

Anita McClain Haley ’64, ’83, Portland, OR

Anita McClain Haley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon during 1965. She earned a master’s degree from University of Nevada, Reno and a doctorate from a dual-degree program of the UO and Portland State University. Anita taught in public schools before teaching at Lewis and Clark College and at Pacific University. She retired from Pacific University after 25 years. She has authored two textbooks and a numerous journal articles. She was presented the UO College of Education Outstanding Alumna Award, and the Pacific University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Professional Schools. She also earned the Lifetime Literacy Award from Oregon Reading Association. In her home community of Portland, Oregon, she served as Chair of the Children’s Charity Ball, Board Member of Waverly Children’s Home, Junior League of Portland, and President of Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association of Portland. In retirement she spends time in her garden, enjoying cooking, and traveling with her husband Tom. She loves golf and tennis and plays regularly. One of her favorite pastimes is spending hours with her two grandsons, playing games, golfing and swimming. Anita's commitment to the University of Oregon is special to her—she is always ready to say “GO DUCKS!” and advocate for the University of Oregon. She currently serves on boards for the College of Education and Duck football, and she mentors students and is a member of the Class of 1965 Reunion Committee.

Lois Rawers ’85, Corvallis, OR

Lois Rawers grew up in Ohio where she attended Miami University. She earned her B.S. in Education and Master of Arts in teaching and began her teaching career. She and her husband moved west where she continued teaching elementary school in Idaho and Oregon. She studied at the University of Oregon and completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Educational Policy and Management in 1985. Following graduate school she served as an administrator in the heart of the Willamette Valley for both the Central School District and the Corvallis School District. Now retired, she occasionally serves short-term, interim administrative roles in addition to being actively involved in community, non-profit organizations and exploring the world with her husband James Rawers.

Bart Ricketts Lake Oswego, OR

Bart is CEO and Oregon President of Lease Crutcher Lewis in Portland, Oregon. Since joining the company in 1995 as a project manager, Bart contributed to the Oregon operation’s growth from a staff of ten and an annual volume of $2 million to a diverse, talented construction team with $100 million plus in annual revenue. Additionally, Bart guided the company’s emergence as a leader in sustainable construction, managing one of the first LEED projects in Oregon—the nationally acclaimed Lillis Business Complex at the University of Oregon followed by the College of Education’s HEDCO Building in 2009. In addition to his role as CEO, as president of the Oregon operation Bart is actively engaged in business strategy, client service and business development in Portland. When not at work, Bart can be found golfing, skiing, biking and fly fishing in Central Oregon or cheering on his beloved Oregon Ducks with his wife, son and daughter.

Vinton H. "Slim" Sommerville, ’58, Seattle WA

Unlike most Ducks, Vinton H. “Slim” Sommerville migrated north for the winter of 1955 to attend the University of Oregon. Born and raised in Bakersfield, California and environs, he graduated in 1958 with a degree from the College of Business. Thereafter, he attended Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, and then moved to Seattle with his new bride, and fellow Duck graduate, Amelia “Mimi” Sommerville. He and Mimi have lived in Seattle since 1959. Slim was a proud and successful boat and ski salesman for thirty years before departing as CEO of Bayliner Marine Corporation in 1989, which at the time was the largest pleasure boat company in the world with more than 26 factories and over 3,000 employees. Thereafter, Slim has been a successful real estate investor in multi-family housing, and an owner/operator of a mixed-use commercial mall in Ketchum, Idaho. Slim and Mimi have three children and ten grandchildren. He is especially proud that his oldest grandchild recently graduated from the U of O with a degree in geography. Since 1988, Slim has participated in many University of Oregon boards including: Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, College Of Education, and as the past president and chairman of the University of Oregon Foundation Board of Trustees.

Julie Thomson ’65, Portland, OR

Julie was born at Sacred Heart Hospital and grew up in Eugene until she graduated from the University of Oregon in 1965.  Both her parents graduated from the UO in 1937. Her dad practiced law with the Thompson-Mumford firm until he was 75. Her mother graduated from the School of Business and worked for the office of the new dean, Victor Morris. Dean Morris also performed their marriage ceremony in 1939. Their strong friendship resulted in Dean Morris and his wife Grace being godparents to her and her younger siblings. After college graduation in 1965, Thomson moved to San Carlos, California, to teach elementary school. In 1969 after a year of dating Keith Thomson, he asked her if she would like to take the “P” out of her last name. They returned to Eugene with Victor Morris once again performing a Thomson wedding ceremony. Keith was responsible for selecting Oregon as an Intel site and in 1979 they moved to Portland with their two children. Julie enjoyed lots of volunteer work in their schools and their sports. Thanks to the Intel sabbatical program for every seven years of employment, Keith and Julie have traveled to some very interesting countries. Their last family trip was to the amazing Galapagos. When their son became a freshman at the UO they were able to get three season tickets for the Duck home football games in order to include her mother (who never missed a home game since 1939). Keith was invited to become a UO Foundation Trustee and, of course, Julie enjoyed visiting Eugene and the campus during Foundation meetings. Serving on the College of Education campaign committee led by Andrea Wiggins opened Julie’s eyes to the great needs for the College of Education. While it was initially a challenge to recruit donors because of the out of date facilities; she was able to show the need for new facilities, technology and expansion to match the high national rating of the College. Julie appreciates the opportunity to participate in the COE Advisory Council and looks forward to sharing with others about the new programs that have evolved since she was a student in the 60’s!

Are you interested in serving on the College of Education Advisory Council?

For more information about opportunities, please contact

Sally Dougherty
Associate Director, Development
College of Education
1215 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1215
(541) 346-1283

Alumni Outreach Committee #

The Alumni Outreach Committee creates an invaluable link between the college, its students and alumni, along with schools and communities.

  • Carolyn Clontz ’77, Bend, OR
  • José da Silva ’06, Eugene, OR
  • Dick Darst ‘82, ’86, Eugene, OR
  • Debbie Egan ‘81, ’88, Dexter, OR
  • Richard Kitumba ’12, Springfield, OR
  • Rachel Kovensky ’08, Eugene, OR
  • Adriana Molina ’00, San Diego, CA
  • Cap Sharples ‘72, ’74, North Bend, OR
  • Khaliyah Williams-Rodriguez ’00, Happy Valley, OR
  • Carol Yetter ’65, Independence, OR
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